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“Maintaining clean and safe drinking water for our citizens is vital to protecting the public health and future development of our communities.” - State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign)

SPRINGFIELD – Legislation aimed at protecting the drinking water of the Mahomet Aquifer passed the Illinois Senate today. The measure, Senate Bill 611, creates the Mahomet Aquifer Protection Task Force to address the issue of maintaining the clean drinking water of the Mahomet Aquifer.

State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) sponsored the legislation to protect downstate Illinoisans who get their drinking water from the aquifer.

“We have to take steps to prevent disasters like the one in Flint from happening in our backyard,” Bennett said. “Maintaining clean and safe drinking water for our citizens is vital to protecting the public health and future development of our communities.”

The Mahomet Aquifer includes river basins and surface waters and supplies water to portions of 15 counties and over 800,000 people in east-central Illinois. The aquifer, which ranges from 50 to 200 feet thick, supplies more than 100 million gallons of water for public use per day.

SB 611 now moves on to the House of Representatives.

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